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FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Phillip Joseph Walker, 56, who died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church, with Evangelist Joseph Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the Vines family cemetery.
Open visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 7) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.
RALEIGH - William Dalton Watson, 58, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 7) at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.
A native of Raleigh, he was a mail carrier with the U. S. Post Office. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
GARNER - Jeanette Sullivan Hilton, 67, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 6, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home chapel in Garner. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park.
A native of Wake County, she was the daughter of Margaret Britt Sullivan and the late Charles Sullivan. She was a retired employee of Dorothea Dix Hospital.
NEW BERN - The Rev. T.O. Terry, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at home. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 6, at St. Mary’s Original Free Will Baptist Church, New Bern, with Dr. Billy A. Melvin and the Rev. Craig Simmons officiating. Interment followed at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - Kenneth Thomas, 48, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. Funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church of Louisburg with the Rev. Frederick Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Open visitation will be at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 3 - 8 p.m.
RALEIGH - Frederick Clegg Dickerson, 82, of Raleigh, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Mayview Convalescent Center.
Fred was born in Bunn, North Carolina, the son of the late James Graham and Marilda Strickland Dickerson. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Harold Dickerson and Roger Wright Dickerson.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel, with the Reverend Rhonda Maurer officiating. Burial at Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg will immediately follow the service.
CASTALIA – Janet Parrish Mitchell, 72, of Castalia, passed away Tuesday afternoon.
Janet was the daughter of the late Edward Harvey and Annie Bet Smith Parrish. She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward G. Parrish.
A memorial service was at 7 p.m. Friday evening at Maple Springs Baptist Church. The family received friends immediately following the service and other times at the home of Anna and Tony Parrish, 4216 NC Hwy. 56 E., Louisburg.
BUNN – Edwin Roger Game, Jr., 78, of Bunn, passed away Wednesday afternoon at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Edwin was a son of the late Edwin Roger and Lona Howell Game. He was an Army Veteran and retired from Carolina Freight.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with Dr. Steven Wade officiating. Burial followed in Bunn Memorial Gardens.
On Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Louisburg College’s Allen de Hart Concert Series will present “Puttin’ on the Hitz!,” which features music of The Great American Songbook.
From the timeless tunes of Tin Pan Alley to the bright lights of Broadway, all the way to the heyday of the Hollywood musical, The Great American Songbook is a dazzling parade of American popular music from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
A piece of Franklin County real estate that has been in farming for generations will stay that way for generations to come after its owners received a farmland preservation grant.
The state Agriculture Development and Farmland (ADF) Preservation Trust Fund agreed to pay $324,000 for a 110-acre easement on the Harris Farm, owned by Clyde Harris and his family, in exchange for the family agreeing not to develop the land for at least 50 years and continue its use in farming.
LOUISBURG — Louisburg racked up a laundry-list of accomplishments during its historic 2008-09 wrestling campaign, which was easily the best in school history.
LHS racked up a whopping 39 team victories, but pardon Warriors’ head coach Phil Mueller for thinking that 40 would have been an even more fabulous number.
Louisburg came within one victory of advancing to today’s Final Four, only to be victimized by Thomasville 48-27 in the second round of the Class 1-A State Wrestling Tournament at the LHS Gymnasium.
Bunn players ink papers on Signing Day
BUNN -- David Howle’s final signing class at Bunn High School proved to be one of his most bountiful ones.
Howle, who retired as Bunn’s football coach at the close of the 2008 campaign, introduced six of his players as future collegians during a ceremony Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.
Five of the performers were in attendance. The other one -- BHS star center Ty Howle -- signed his letter-of-intent at Penn State Univesity.
BUNN -- Facing a near must-win situation, the Bunn Wildcats rallied around their seniors Thursday during a key home Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball meeting with Warren County.
Upperclassman Levon Stanley delivered 16 points and set the tone both offensively and defensively during the Wildcats’ 50-48 decision over the Eagles.
Ladycats claim another victory
BUNN -- This wasn’t necessarily the way Chuck Mann saw things developing for his Bunn High School girls basketball team.
Not that Mann, BHS’ first-year head coach, is complaining. Certainly not after the Ladycats, following a miserable start to the season, have rallied back to be in good shape heading down the stretch to obtain one of the Northern Carolina Conference’s berths in the upcoming Class 2-A State Playoffs.
LHS running back ready to continue grid career
LOUISBURG -- Most fans thought Greg Small played his final game at Patterson Field back in November, when Small’s Louisburg High School Warriors were defeated by Pender in the second round of the Class 1-AA State Football Playoffs.
But not so fast.
Small will have a curtain call on Aug. 29, and he’ll still be a Warrior -- as a member of the first-year program at the Central Carolina Sports Academy, which is located in Greensboro.
HEAD-ON COLLISION. A head-on collision on U.S. Highway 401 sent three people to the hospital Friday afternoon.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with plans that could provide the county with up to 7 million more gallons of water per day.
County officials and staff began exploring water options a few years ago after a 20-year water survey revealed that the county’s demand for water would exceed its supply, possibly as early as 2010 — although recent demand has waned.
The last time commissioners spoke about the budget, the grey skies outside matched the dim outlook on county finances.
On Monday, clouds made way for the sun as county staff presented commissioners with budget estimates that painted a bit better financial climate.
During the board’s first work session on Jan. 5, County Manager Angela Harris and Finance Director Chuck Murray said that if county government remained status quo, the board would have to raise taxes by 13.25 cents per $100 of valuation to maintain current service levels.
FRANKLINTON — Police are investigating claims that a Rocky Mount man and his partner scammed at least three elderly people last week.
According to investigators, a man identified as Randall Scott Weeks, 36, of Rocky Mount, and another man visited at least three elderly people beginning on Thursday afternoon, promising to do roof work.
Franklin County responders should expect a delay in improvements to the county’s emergency communications.
Following a closed session on Monday night, the county’s Board of Commissioners directed County Manager Angela Harris, County Attorney Darnell Batton and Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin to meet with the county’s first responders to discuss the matter.
Keep Franklin County Beautiful received the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award at the President’s Circle Award luncheon, which took place during Keep America Beautiful’s 55th Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C.
The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit to reduce litter, minimize waste, and beautify and improve their local communities.
Nathan Moreschi, Franklin County Schools public information officer, usually writes stories about the accomplishments of others.
This time, however, it is Moreschi’s turn for recognition.
ROCKY MOUNT - Emma Frances Wheeler Gardner, 95, died peacefully on Thursday, January 29, 2009 surrounded by her family. “Miss Emma” was born September 12, 1913 to Knox Hunter and Patty Layton Wheeler. She was the youngest of six children and the only daughter.
NASHVILLE - William “Bill” Ellis, 75, a native of Louisburg, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009.
LOUISBURG - Sallie Lloyd Dail, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Faith Baptist Church, with Rev. Richard Mills officiating. Burial was in Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.
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